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'SNL' Diversity: Kenan Thompson Defends Casting, Says Black Female Comedians "Aren't Ready"

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick October 15, 2013 02:29 PM
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Diversity questions have presented themselves among 'SNL''s 39-year history on multiple occasions, most recently as black cast member Jay Pharoah criticized the current cast's lacking female performers of color. Cast veteran Kenan Thompson has a different opinion however, believing most of the black female performers that have auditioned to join the cast simply weren't "ready."

'SNL's' Jay Pharoah Confirms Jason Sudeikis' Exit

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick May 20, 2013 02:00 PM
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This past weekend during 'SNL's' heartwarming season finale, cast and crew bid adieu to both Bill Hader and Fred Armisen, while less in focus was the fate of fellow veteran Jason Sudeikis. Sudeikis has kept mum on the prospect of his 'SNL' future, but has cast member Jay Pharoah accidentally spilled the beans?

'SNL' Goes Over the Fiscal Cliff

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by Jacob Hall December 09, 2012 11:21 AM
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With the election a month behind us, 'Saturday Night Live' has to find another political subject to latch onto in the coming weeks and the Fiscal Cliff crisis certainly feels right. Last night's episode continued the 2012 tradition of opening episodes with something politically themed with a typical presidential press conference sketch, where Jay Pharoah's President Obama took the stage to address the Fiscal Cliff. Naturally, things get weird pretty quickly.

SNL: Mitt Romney, Post-Election

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by Jacob Hall November 11, 2012 10:20 AM
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The 2012 presidential election is over, which means that Saturday Night Live will have to find other major events to skewer for the next four years. Last night's cold open not only felt like an appropriate climax to all of this season's political sketches, it felt like a tribute to Jason Sudeikis' always great Mitt Romney, who, much like his real life is counterpart, will soon vanish from the public eye.

SNL Takes on the Presidential Town Hall Debate

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by Jacob Hall October 21, 2012 11:31 AM
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Saturday Night Live only has a few weeks left until the presidential election, which means that they only have a few weeks left to make fun of the easiest targets in the country. Like the past couple of weeks, last night's episode opened with a sketch about the most recent presidential debate and once again, Jason Sudeikis got to show off his Mitt Romney and Jay Pharoah got to show off his Barack Obama.

SNL Presents the Ultimate Action Movie!

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by Jacob Hall October 14, 2012 11:30 AM
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Sometimes, if feels like Saturday Night Live is just an excuse for a bunch of talented mimics to try out their best and newest impressions. But when they're as good as those compiled in this faux trailer that played during last night's episode, we're perfectly okay with that. A parody of 'Taken 2,' 'The Expendables' and just about every other modern action movie, it's easily one of the strongest video shorts to be featured on the show in recent memory.

'Saturday Night Live' Re-Casts The President With A Pharoah

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick September 12, 2012 07:30 PM
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Earlier today we were ecstatic to confirm the news that longtime 'Saturday Night Live' star Jason Sudeikis would stick with the NBC sketch-comedy series through another season, rather than depart with Andy Samberg, Kristen Wiig and Abby Elliott.  Now, as 'Saturday Night Live' prepares to launch season 38 this Saturday night, we have even more turnover to report, though this time internally.  Fred Armisen will be stepping down from the role of President Barack Obama, but who will take his place?